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There is an exciting variety of workshops offered to you this year.

When considering a workshop, we have a few objectives in mind:

  • teaching you new skills
  • have fun, and
  • strengthening friendships.
Members and non-members can sign up for workshops online. Payments can be made by cheque or e-transfer.  Due to the uncertainty of the in-person workshops, payment will be finalized about a week or two in advance.  Your place isn’t secure until we receive your payment.

We assume you know how your sewing machine works before participating in any class. If you’re not sure whether the workshop will be too easy or too difficult,  your workshop team or the teacher will be glad to give you some guidelines.  If there is pre-course homework, please do your best to complete it so that you can better follow along with the workshop.

Rooms are booked with the City of Ottawa.  We choose accessible locations with natural light.  We hope you will help to set up the room and clean up at the end of the day.  Please check when the doors open as we won’t be there earlier. There will be some changes due to COVID-19 for set up and interacting in person.

While not all workshops have been finalized yet, here is a list of what is being considered:

  • The Hex Trade with Janet Barker
  • Patchwork Illusion workshop with Paul Leger
  • Quilting with Rulers with Tara Starzomski
  • Sewing Circles with Michel Gagne

If you have a workshop idea, please let us know by email at or stop by our table at our monthly meetings.

Workshop Workshop FAQ

We support our LQS’s (Local Quilt Shops) wholeheartedly and are NOT in competition! We rely on the LQS for their expertise – and their supplies! However, there are several reasons why you would take a workshop through the Guild:

    1. As much as possible, we run the workshops on a “cost recovery” basis. However, when we are lucky enough to have a teacher who is in exceptionally high demand come to our guild, the fees may be subsidized so that as many members as possible may participate – yes, membership does have its privileges!
    2. We try to give budding local designers and teachers the opportunity to expand and hone their skills – and encourage guild members to take leadership roles!  We have very talented members, even if we do say it ourselves.
    3. We like to bring our members together in social situations. How much more fun is quilting when you do it with friends?!
  1. We listen to YOU when planning the workshops, and try to respond to YOUR interests.
Come with a friend! Non-members are welcome. Who knows, they may not be a “non-member” for long!

This is how it works:  members are always given first preference, but 30 days before the workshop is scheduled to take place, any remaining spots are opened to the general public.  If that person is already a member of any other guild (OVQG, Modern Guild, etc.), they pay no extra fee.

Those who are not a member of any other guild are asked to pay an additional $10. This is a new policy, aimed at making new friends across traditional local boundaries.

All workshops this year are held in the Notre Dame des Champs Community Hall, 3659 Navan Road, and go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We send you a map and detailed instructions when you register. There is no bus service, but if transportation is a problem, let us know and maybe we can arrange a lift.

You can bring your coffee with you. And bring your lunch too – you won’t want to miss even a minute by having to find somewhere to eat at noon (options in the area are limited)!

Most workshops are only $40 (unchanged from last year), although some are $50 for certain “rock stars” of the quilting world.

The workshops are limited to 12 participants (unless otherwise stated.)

Visit the highly approachable people at the WORKSHOPS table on Guild meeting evenings. Carol Nicholson and  Sandra Baynes will have all the info as well as classroom samples to inspire you. Or email.
When more than the maximum participants per workshop are enrolled, we establish a waiting list, and look into adding another session.

All fees are payable to CTQG when you register (cash or cheques are accepted). Payment is your confirmation of registration. Talk to Carol or Sandra if e-transfers are your thing.

Once you are registered, we are unable to make a refund if you can’t attend. However, we will put you in touch with someone from the waiting list, or you may make arrangements for someone else to replace you. Just keep workshop folks informed. If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, all money will be refunded.

Fall 2020 Workshops

Virtual Workshop Name – Interwoven Art –  October x and x, 2020

Create a beautiful and interesting 18” x 18” art quilt using four fat quarters that weave into each other using a quilt as you go method. Instructions will be provided to make either a tote bag or a cushion with your Interwoven Art or you can just bind it and display it proudly.  

  • Instructor: Melissa Marginet (Manitoba)
  • Location: Zoom (Virtual)
  • Time: 10AM to 1PM
  • Date: Wednesday October 21 & 28 2020
  • Cost:
    • One 6 hour workshop: $40 members $50 non-members


  • Skill level: Confident beginner to an intermediate quilter looking to learn a new technique.
  • Minimum number : 12 participants
  • Maximum number : 25 participants
  • Notes: you must be able to attend both sessions in order to complete the project.
  • Register: On-line.  Spaces are available.

In-Person Workshop – Quilting with Rulers –  November 4, 2020

  • Instructor: Tara Starzomski (Ottawa, ON)
  • Location: TBD
  • Time: 10:00 to 4:00 (Doors open at 9:30 – Class starts at 10:00)
  • Date: Wednesday November 4, 2020 (Pending City room booking approval)
  • Cost:
    • 1 day: $25.00 members $35.00 non-members
  • Skill level: Confident beginner to an intermediate quilter looking to learn a new technique.
  • Maximum number : 15
  • Notes: Bring a lunch – but note that we don’t have kitchen access (no fridge access and no cleaning dishes).
  • Register: On-line.  Spaces are available.

Virtual Workshop Name – Foundation Paper Piecing with Freezer Paper –  November 7, 2020

Leanne kicks off this workshop by demonstrating how to create the first few blocks.  Then, step by step you can sew-a-long with her. You should be able to complete a few blocks during the 2 hour workshop.  You can continue on to make a mini 27”x27” a 54”x54” or 72”x72” quilt.  Dig in to your stash, and join us to grow your foundation paper piecing skills.

  • Instructor: Leanne Parsons (Newfoundland)
  • Location: Zoom (Virtual)
  • Time: 10:00 to 12:00
  • Date: Saturday November 7, 2020 (confirmed)
  • Cost:
    • One 2 hour workshop: $40.00 members $50.00 non-members
    • Pattern “Burst” included in this price.
  • Skill level: Confident beginner to an intermediate quilter looking to learn a new technique.
  • Maximum number : 25 participants
  • Notes: Quilt uses scraps.  You can purchase freezer paper from Watergirl Quilt Co or use your own. Paper can be sold in individual sheets (50 cents each).  There will be some homework prior to the class (fabric cut and ready).
  • Register: On-line.  Spaces are available.


In-Person Workshop Name – Colour Theory and PreCuts –  November 22, 2020

This workshop will provide a strong foundation in colour theory and will lead to stash busting.  The class will help you learn to select colours to complement your precuts (previously in the stash or prepared by you).   You can then organize your fabric to create some beautiful pieces.  This 2-hour workshop using the Precut Primer (included in the workshop) will give an overview of all precuts and provides 12 patterns and tips.   This in-person workshop is lecture style with directed tasks.  Michelle will cover:

  • precut vocabulary,
  • efficient ways to cut your own precuts and useful tools,
  • colour theory and the colour wheel, and
  • how to choose from your stash to create striking precut bundles, using a cutting list, organization and storage tips.

  • Instructor: Michelle Peters (Prescott, ON)
  • Location: TBD
  • Time: 10:00 to 12:00 (Doors open at 9:30 – Class starts at 10:00)
  • Date: Sunday  November 22, 2020
  • Cost:
    • 2 hour in person workshop including required book: $xx members $xx  non-members
  • Skill level: Confident beginner to an intermediate quilter looking to learn a new technique.
  • Maximum number : 20
  • Notes: Homework: select an assortment of fabric prints and solids in a range of colours from your stash (minimum 2 1/2″ wide pieces).  Suggestion: pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and some black and some white.  This is to create combinations for pleasing precut bundles.
  • Register: On-line.  Spaces are available.

In-Person Workshop Name – Nisse –  December 6 2020

  • Instructor: Dorothy DeRose (Ottawa ON)
  • Location: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Date: Sunday December 6, 2020
  • Cost:
    • $xx members $xx  non-members
    • Including workshop and kit to make 1
  • Skill level: Confident beginner to an intermediate quilter looking to learn a new technique.
  • Maximum number : 15
  • Notes:
  • Register: On-line.  Spaces are available.


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